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Cattle rustler caught after $1 million heist

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A Missouri man is behind bars in our state, accused of trying to cheat an Oklahoma businessman out of almost $1 million. Robb Taylor, owner of Perkins Livestock, says he’d dealt with Donald Garrett before and never had any problems.

But three years ago, he says Garrett asked him to buy more than 1,200 head of cattle for him.

Taylor went out and did it, but says Garrett never paid him the money for the cattle that were valued at more than $932,000.

Taylor had just bought Perkins Livestock six months before this happened.

“Me being a new businessman, I took trust for granted and being in this industry, most of the time we can do that,” Taylor said.

“We’re seeing it more and more with the way the markets are today. With the price of beef and the price of cattle going so high, we’re seeing that and it’s just going to get more and more prevalent,” Taylor said.

But Garrett didn’t get away with it.

After a three-year investigation by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, 58-year-old Garrett was arrested.

He’s behind bars in Payne County, charged with one count of obtaining property under false pretenses.

“We may never see anything out of it but at least we’re seeing a little justice,” Taylor said.

Taylor borrowed from family, refinanced his business and did whatever he could to keep his business afloat.

He says it’s the good people of the industry keeping him dealing in livestock.

And he hopes this arrest sends a message.

“To show other people that, hey, this cannot be done,” Taylor said.

Garrett is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Authorities say the investigation into this case is ongoing.